In this article I carry out a close reading of Nakamoto Takako’s book, My Diary of the Anpo
Struggle (1963). Nakamoto was a writer and activist who was active in leftwing politics, the
labour movement and the proletarian literature movement in the 1920s and 1930s and returned
to the movement after 1945. Her published diary recounts her participation in the struggle
against the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty and her other political activities. The book
is a mixture of personal memory and political history and provides us with a distinctive ‘map’ of
one person’s emotional geography of Tokyo.